If you’re an American, chances are you’re on a diet. This can be difficult to maintain when you go out to eat. It’s hard to look at the menu and know what to choose that won’t sabotage your diet. With a few guidelines you can go out to eat knowing that you can have a healthy, low calorie meal that takes great and won’t take the fun out of dining at a restaurant.
When you open the menu your first obstacle is the pictures. The photos you see of the photos were taken in such a way to stimulate the appetite. The truth is the food rarely looks or tastes as good as you think it will from looking at the picture. When you look at the menu, try concentrating the food descriptions rather than the tempting photos.
When you’re reading the menu doesn’t be influenced by the names of the entrees. Like the photos, the names are also designed to whet your appetite and make you crave them.
Entrees that are listed as “rich” or “decadent” sound a lot better than foods with plain titles. Don’t fixate on the entree’s name, instead, read the description and make your decision based up on what’s in it and how it’s prepared.
Another deception found in menus is the placement of unhealthy items next to healthy ones. In studies, psychologists found that diners more often the unhealthy items when they are placed in such a manner. Now that you know about this trick, don’t fall for it.
Restaurants don’t stop there, they also are known to place a lot of vegetables on the menu, making it appear like it contains many healthy options. Even vegetables can be a bad choice if they are battered, fried or covered in high-calorie sauces.
So, don’t just assume that a vegetable dish is a healthy one. Read how it’s prepared and ask questions if you are unsure. To be healthy, it should be steamed or sauteed. If it’s fried or coated in something fattening, order something else.
Another tip is to avoid sampling others meals when you go out. This may be fun and hard to stop if others at your table are doing it, but it is better for you in the long run. You will avoid eating extra calories and unhealthy foods. It may seem like you are only eating a small amount, but all those bites add up.
So, go ahead and eat out if you want to. If you keep these tips in mind you don’t have to be afraid it will ruin your diet.